Main Menu

Archive | Products And Services Review

Top 10 Made-on-Maui Valentine’s Gift Idea

valentine-cupcake-poem

Yes! The holiday rush is finally over.  No more racking your brain deciding what to get your loved ones for Christmas. No more late night online searching for the best deals. No more dragging yourself up-and-down the isles of the store searching for just the right gift.

Oh wait! Isn’t Valentine’s Day fast approaching?! Here we go again…more shopping. They’ve already got what they’d asked for at Christmas and you’ve done all the typical Valentine’s gifts in the years past. Now you want something other then store bought chocolate boxes or flower arrangements. Well, search no more. Here are 10 Maui-made gift ideas you may never have thought of:

1. Surprise! Have your (cup)cake and free delivery too.

Have you ever had someone send you a gift? Remember that excited feeling of surprise. Imagine your loved ones delight when you send them a box of cupcakes for Valentine’s Day. That’s right, Maui has cupcake delivery from Cupcake Ladies Catering Co. Get their Valentine’s Special of half a dozen red velvet cupcakes for $22.50 or two boxes for $43. Best of all…they are offering FREE delivery for this holiday. www.cupcakesmaui.com/valentines-special

 Cupcake Maui

2. Custom made and totally cute.

Does your Valentine love things that are tiny and totally cute? Order custom cakepops on Maui from Cakepops By Liz. Think of a favorite movie or something that represents your Valentine and make a request. Having a gift custom made can really make a person feel special. Prices start at $20 per dozen and vary depending on size and packaging selection. Contact the talented and creative Liz at www.cakepopsbyliz.com.

cakepops by liz

3. No more store bought boxes of chocolate!

 I know, I know. I said no more store bought boxes of chocolate, but this is different. These chocolates are made on Maui by Master Chocolatier Melanie Boudar. Her chocolates are award winning and feature flavors like the Lava Sea Salt Caramels. Boxes of chocolates range from $5 for a two-piece box to $175 for their largest box. Visit her boutique at the Wailea Gateway Center or online at www.sweetparadisechocolatier.com.

 4. Are you coco-nutty for your buddy?

 Maui Macaroons are the islands most amazing coconut cookies. Is your Valentine a coconut lover? Whether or not they love coconut, you must try this Maui-made cookie. I’ll bet you didn’t even know they have a shop in central Wailuku. They range from $7 for a quarter pound to $21 for a full pound. The cool thing about the Maui Macaroons & Artisan Market is that they are a treasure trove of other various Maui made products. Visit them to see what you may discover.

 image

5. Is that bacon on my cookie?!

If you got a bacon lover for a lover, they will squeal over the Bacon-nator Cookies from The Maui Cookie Lady. The best part is they are so huge you may only need one to satisfy any sweet tooth. Since they are $4 dollars each, you won’t be breaking the piggy bank either.

Various flavors are also available at the Maui Ocean Treasures gift shop. Open 9am-5pm daily, Aquarium admission not required to shop.

-www.themauicookielady.com

6. Enough with the sweets already!

 Something that looks sweet but is not to eat, is Moko Pua Soap Factory’s Tropical Sachets. These fragrance beads last for a year or longer. They come in nine tropical scents and colors. Combine them any way you like. A combination of red, yellow, green for your hunny’s gym bag perhaps. At $7 a bag you could get one for your Valentine’s bedrooms, car, closets, desk, nightstand, and underwear drawer too. Visit their soap factory at the Maui Tropical Plantation or order online at www.mokupua.com.

7. Valentine’s for the kiddos

Wrapped in a sweet story of love for his daughter, this local Dad began Maui Dad Apparel – a small family business offering infant and toddler apparel. Each item features his own drawings inspired by his baby and life here. They are screen-printed by hand on Maui. Also, they are guaranteed sweatshop and child-labor free. They range from $26-$28. Visit www.mauidad.myshopify.com and various stores listed on their website.

mauidadapparel

8. For the Fashionista

Does your Valentine express themselves through fashion? Love, love, love Kealopiko’s clutch purses. Thoughtful, local, and inspiring. They are made of light canvas and upcycled scraps from their other projects. The material is hand dyed and printed on Molokai making each bag a unique and one of a kind creation. They won’t hurt your wallet either at around $30 each.  www.kealopiko.com

9. Bangle’s are her best friend

This list would not be complete without jewelry. Inspired by our ocean and her travels, Kammi’s designs are hand-crafted into beautiful jewelry right here on Maui. Please your Valentine’s inner girly-girl with the Honi Honi Bangle. It is a delicate piece with two hearts and a cone shell in sterling sliver for $80 or in 14k goldfill for $90. www.kamerajewelry.com

10. Our dogs deserve some love too don’t they?

Maui Dog Treats creates healthy treats for our canine ‘ohana. They’re sold at various places throughout the island. Love that they offer free shipping so we can send some to our friends and family in the mainland too. If your Valentine loves their pup (maybe more than you) they will howl in excitement for the Pup Treat Lei. It’s such a unique gift and only $9 for the small and $14 for the large. www.dogtreatsmaui.com

 

Please feel free to share this post to your loved ones, family and friends.  

Share aloha, live aloha! A hui hou!

 

Where To Find Yummy Burgers on Maui

 

bucket list burgers jennifer poppy

 

Aloha, y’all, this is Jennifer Poppy of Island Gypsy Hawaii, and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to share about life here in Maui, Hawaii, again here on Liza’s amazing A Maui Blog.

When you’re enjoying the warm rays of the sun and the cool breezes across the ocean it’s easy to say,

“Today I’ll be happier than a bird with a french fry!”

But what about being happier than a bird with a french fry and an amazing burger with a beautiful view of Maui, to boot? Today I’m going to share something special with you…it’s my personal bucket list for “ono” Maui burgers!

I know that when you’re on vacation (or even staycation for you awesome Maui readers) you want to know where to eat. And what’s better than knowing where to find the BEST Maui burgers? I’ve done my research, y’all, from talking to local friends, asking family and scouring the Internet, and here’s what I found:

Bully’s Burgers

Maui Time has declared Bully’s Burgers the “Best Burger Ever!” Their all natural beef burgers are served up hot and fresh daily, but you’ve gotta be ready to make the trip to get there. From what I hear it is well worth the adventure…and if you’re in Maui, why not go for a little adventure in pursuit of an amazing burger? You’ll find them on Kanaio, which is past the Ulupakalua Winery.

Teddy’s Bigger Burgers

teddy's burger

via Teddy’s Bigger Burgers

Several of my friends mentioned Teddy’s in Lahaina, Hawaii, as one of their favorite places to grab a burger. Their motto, “One burger, one customer, one experience,” sounds like an excellent way to run a hamburger business to me. They also seem to have a good kids’ menu, which is always a plus in my book! My mouth is watering just thinking about trying one!

Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop

leoda's burger

via Leoda’s

Now I have eaten a burger at Leoda’s before, so I can scratch this one off of my bucket list. However, if you haven’t tried it yet, keep it on your list because it’s ah-mazinggggg!!! Leoda’s is located in Lahaina and is well worth the drive even if you live Upcountry like me. After your burger be sure to make room for dessert or take it with you. My fave is the mac nut chocolate prailine, but really you just can’t go wrong with their desserts.

Fat Girl’s Burger

If you’re up for a little taste of local life, then check out Wailuku’s First Friday. Fat Girl’s Burger will happily serve you a delicious meal, according to my local friends. One of their faves is the Korean Burger. So, go, be adventurous and try it out!

Cool Cats

cool cat burger

via Cool Cat’s

Cool Cats was voted “Best Burger in Maui” for the last ten years. So, yeah, it’s definitely on my bucket list of Maui hamburgers to try. My friends like the fun 50s diner vibe, and of course, the yummy food! It’s located on the wharf, which is fun, too.

Have you tried any of these Maui hamburger joints? I can’t wait to scratch them off my bucket list! 

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

Powered by WordPress. Designed by Woo Themes